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Date: June 13, 2002 (02-30)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Provost to be Honored by IMPACT Silver Spring
Community Empowerment and Involvement Program Completes Session

             Dr. Clarence Porter, Montgomery College Vice President and provost of the Takoma Park campus, has been singled out for special recognition by the IMPACT Silver Spring organization, as it celebrates completion of the third session of its Community Empowerment and Involvement Program (CEIP).

            Under CEIP, 16 diverse members of the Montgomery County community spent more than 100 hours over the past nine months in leadership training and relationship building.  Their accomplishments will be celebrated Thursday night, June 13, 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery College Takoma Park Campus Commons Building.

 During the celebration event, Dr. Porter will be recognized for Montgomery College’s support of IMPACT Silver Spring.  The Takoma Park campus has provided training and office space, plus advice and leadership, for the three-year-old organization.

County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and County Council President Steven A. Silverman will be honored as well; both have supported IMPACT Silver Spring from its inception.

            IMPACT Silver Spring’s mission is to provide training for community members of diverse backgrounds to help them develop skills and awareness to share power and build relationships that cross race, class, and cultural lines.

            Members of each CEIP session use the skills they gain to pursue their own community projects.  For example, Manny Hidalgo is helping provide job training and other support for out of school youth and low wage Latino workers, while David Vega is working to bring financial literacy and street law to young people.

            For more information on IMPACT Silver Spring, call 301-495-3336.

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